Munich - It had been beyond doubt for quite some time now but on Tuesday evening FC Bayern München made mathematically certain of their 24th German national title and .
The 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin came after another hugely dominat display and gave the Reds an unassailable 25-point lead over closest pursuers Borussia Dortmund at the top of the standings.
Never before has the championship been won as early as Matchday 27, or indeed in the month of March. The victory in the capital made it 19 straight wins in the Bundesliga for the current world and European champions, further extending their record unbeaten run to 52 games, a sequence stretching well back into the previous campaign. Here's a look at some of the early press reactions, at home and abroad, to FC Bayern's season of superlatives:
The Telegraph (UK): Bayern Munich made history as they were confirmed as Bundesliga champions with seven games to spare after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1. Pep Guardiola has now won three titles in his debut season in charge of the German outfit after last August's UEFA Super Cup triumph and December's Club World Cup success. Bayern's 19th consecutive Bundesliga win secured the 24th German league title of their history, and the victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium was never in doubt after they raced into a 2-0 lead with just 15 minutes gone.
The Guardian (UK) Bayern won the championship in March, earlier than last year and earlier than anyone else in any major European league, but, in truth, they have been out of sight from the first kick-off in August. (Raphael Honigstein).
BBC Sport: Pep Guardiola has enjoyed many momentous moments during his managerial career, but steering Bayern to a runaway success over their domestic rivals will feature highly on the 43-year-old's curriculum vitae, along with his three La Liga titles and two Champions League successes at Barcelona... Having secured the third piece of silverware of his short reign to go with the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, Guardiola can now focus all his efforts on winning the European Cup.
The Irish Independent: Toni Kroos and Mario Götze netted inside the first 15 minutes to put Pep Guardiola's men on their way. Although Adrian Ramos pulled a goal back from the penalty spot midway through the second half, Franck Ribery's 79th minute strike wrapped up the win in style and gave Bayern the crown with seven games to spare...in a game in which they completed an astonishing 1078 passes.
Spiegel-Online: They were too dominant, too regal, too relaxed, too elegant, too cool for the rest of the league.
Bild (Germany): The performance at the Berlin Olympiastadion was as masterful as has been their entire season. In the first half alone, Bayern enjoyed a 76 percent possession rate, with 93 percent of their passes finding a team-mate. Hertha were at times reduced to looking on in admiration as the visitors whirled around them - and again, as they celebrated at the final whistle, this time without the usual beer shower.
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany): A tenth consecutive away win earned Bayern, now unbeaten in 52 games, yet another record. After the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, head coach Pep Guardiola was able to celebrate the third title of his first season in Munich. The entire FC Bayern squad, long-term injury absentee Holger Badstuber included, then had the opportunity to celebrate their triumph in the capital, with a charter flight home reserved for midday on Wednesday.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland): The thus far near-perfect season under new head coach Pep Guardiola could still improve on the achievements of last season in a further regard. Back then under Jupp Heynckes, Bayern ended the campaign on 91 points. This time around, with seven games to go, they already have 77.
Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland): This FC Bayern side has gone up another level. They have made football, German football that used to rely on very different virtues, into art; into a game full of beauty, with players who are constantly on the move and who only want one thing: the ball, always the ball, and never to give it away again.
France Football: With an imposing display in Hertha Berlin's own backyard on Tuesday, Bayern München made certain of their 24th German national title – on Matchday 27! Just one record among many in an unfolding season which could see the Bavarian outfit enter the realm of legend.
Corriere dello Sport (Italy): Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich are German champions with seven games in hand. A record. Guardiola's tiki-taka Bavarians even surpassed the achievement of Jupp Heynckes' side, who won the title with six games to spare last year. The 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin gave the official green light to a party already long foretold.
AS.com (Spain): Goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Götze and Franck Ribery easily saw off Hertha Berlin, the final obstacle in an almost impeccable trajectory towards the title: 25 wins, including the last 19 in a row, and two draws away to Freiburg and Leverkusen. It's the fastest title success in the history of the Bundesliga, with seven rounds still to go. Never before have a team been crowned champions in March.
Take a look at FC Bayern's title celebrations on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: