Some FIFA 23 Coins players choose to also use the 4-3-3 method to block the midfield when trying to defend a lead. They prefer to put their three midfielders with their backs to the centre.
The most important thing to note about 5-1-2-2 is the CDM. In the previous editions of FIFA various variations of the 5-3-2/5-2-1-2/5-4-1 had no out-and-out CDM. This gap in the middlefield as well as the defensive line thus made these formations more attacking in nature.
When playing FIFA 23, the CDM in the 5-1-2-2 changes the formation completely. It's a configuration that lets your wingbacks attack, and when they step forward, they're completely unmarked.
In addition to having wide flanks, you can also attack with a narrow system but also defensively solid with a back line with five players, holding CDM and two central midfielders to provide defensive support.
Dujan Kulusevski is one of the first Road To The Knockout SBC in FIFA 23 Coins buy. Yes, with an Architect this card may be long. Sure, Spurs can do well in the Champion's League. But the card is expensive , especially in comparison to the Sterling SBC that went live yesterday. The two cards are compared below.