Pep Guardiola can win title for Bayern Munich in record time

With seven games left, coach can rewrite history in victory over Hertha on debut season

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 March, 2014, 9:12pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 March, 2014, 9:12pm


Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is poised to win the Bundesliga title in record time tomorrow at Hertha Berlin on his debut season with the Bavarian giants.

A 19th consecutive league victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium will give Bayern their 24th German title with seven matches left, beating their own record they set last season.

Bayern's 2-0 win at Mainz 05 on Saturday left them a massive 23 points clear in the league and they will be uncatchable if they win at Hertha.

We only need one more win now. It's in our own hands. We can be champions in the capital. We've extended our record to 18 wins on the trot
Pep Guardiola

"I'm just pleased about winning against one of the toughest teams we'll face this season," said Guardiola in Mainz.

"We only need one more win now. It's in our own hands. We can be champions in the capital.

"We've extended our record to 18 wins on the trot. That's the result of a lot of hard work."

Having won 14 of a possible 19 titles during four years as Barcelona coach, Guardiola is set to claim his third title in nine months at Bayern having already won the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Having won the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup under Guardiola's predecessor Jupp Heynckes last season, Bayern have continued their stranglehold on the German league title.

Guardiola's side are just eight matches away from becoming the first team to go through an entire season in Germany's top flight unbeaten.

Bayern left it late at Mainz with midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger striking with a header on 82 minutes. His Germany teammate Mario Goetze then netted the European champions' second four minutes later.

Bayern fired in 23 shots on goal to Mainz's four as they extended their record unbeaten run to 51 Bundesliga matches.

Having drawn Manchester United in the quarter-finals, Bayern have made no secret of their desire to be the first team to defend the Champions League title.

"We're not really concerned about when we win the title, we want to maintain our rhythm," said Schweinsteiger.

Bayern's Germany defender Jerome Boateng said he was relishing the clash against Hertha at Berlin's Olympic City having been born in the capital.

"It's wonderful that we could win the league in Berlin, which is where it all started for me," said the 25-year-old, the half brother of Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

"We've prepared the way for it today and taken a step closer."

Bayern Munich could have won the title against Mainz had Borussia Dortmund, who beat Hanover 96 3-0, not won.

Fellow Champions League quarter-finalists Dortmund, who eased past Hanover with goals from Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, are second on 51 points.

Injury-hit Schalke 04, in third spot on 50 points, fielded a young team with an average age of 23 as they defeated bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig 3-1 to notch their third straight win.

Borussia Moenchengladbach produced an explosive three-goal 12-minute spell in the first half to cruise past Hertha Berlin 3-0, with Juan Arango scoring one and setting up another.