BERLIN: Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, and then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke.
Bayern claimed their 24th German league title with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin with seven games to spare.
The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes.
“We won the title with hard work and when you see what Jupp Heynckes achieved last season, that was the only way we were going to better that,” said Guardiola.
“He laid the foundations.”
In his debut season, Guardiola has now won three titles in nine months after last August’s UEFA Super Cup triumph and December’s Club World Cup success having won 14 titles in four years at Barcelona.