I just think Rafael gives the impression of being reckless, even when he isn't. For the 1st booking, there was really no need to dive in, even if he did win the ball. For the 2nd one, I think there was a little contact, though the Spurs player dived. But he still needs to calm down.
Bale is a 1 trick pony. He has poor feet and runs fast in straight lines. There are better pure left wingers about. One only has to see how Di Maria is faring at Madrid to see that.
Modric really was excellent. Defended and attacked in equal measure. Dribbles, plays in tight spaces - he would fit into any team.
We have to spend big on a pure creative central midfielder this summer. We should be beating Spurs comfortably, but they're stronger than us in central midfield, and we lack any authority in our play as a result.