yeah; the record for retained champions league titles is real madrid with 4 in the opening 5 tournaments. I worded that terribly. They won 5 in a row, so i need to win 6 in a row.
It used to be to win 3 in a row or win 5, which used to see a club rewarded with keeping the cup and a new one being commissioned, but that stopped a while ago
It gets harder. That first season in the CL the bigger teams attack you freely because they’re confident (because you have lower rep) and you can overrun their defences. As your rep increases, more and more teams will take a more defensive approach against you, so you have to improve your team/tactics in the meantime. I have a lot of money available to spend, but i still can’t compete with the ‘rich’ teams; they have sponsorship deals dumping hundreds of millions into their budgets annually to prop them up. That’s how juve can afford to keep ronaldo for 4 seasons at 52m a year salary before bonuses for competitions, appearances, goals etc. I can’t ever get that, but i can pick and choose the younger/better players (mbappe, milinkovic-savic last summer) that get unhappy, and build a team that can compete with them, while i wait for a carefully curated set of youngsters to mature.
Then, when i either achieve that, or get bored, i’ll start a new game, and try to do the same with someone else