By FOX SPORTS staff
Italian international Mario Balotelli was the star of the show for AC Milan, setting up goals for team-mates Robinho and Philippe Mexes before scoring one himself to stamp out any chance of a Cagliari revival after Marco Sau had halved the Rossoneri's lead.
Milan were in the thick of European action on Wednesday, working to secure a place in the Champions League by seeing off PSV Eindhoven in the play-offs.
The mid-week fixture left Allegri with just three days to prepare for the clash against Cagliari and the Rossoneri boss was pleased the team managed to carry out his new tactical instructions.
"I think we did well until we conceded the goal. We did well enough considering we prepared the game with this new formation in mind only since Friday. What made me angry was when we lost our focus for Cagliari’s goal. We shouldn’t stop playing like that and give the other team the chance to get back in the game," Allegri stated to the club's official website.
"De Jong worked hard and that’s good. Montolivo played well in his new role and Nocerino did well when he came on. It was a very dangerous game we played here this evening [Sunday] as after the Champions League match, you can get bad reactions but that’s not what happened. Emanuelson played well and we just have to work on not losing focus during matches."
Former Juventus forward Alessandro Matri made his Milan debut in the game and he expressed hopes of forming fruitful striking partnership with Balotelli.
"Myself and Mario are compatible as a forward line," he explained.
"He’s good with the ball at his feet but he likes to move around the pitch whereas I tend to stay closer to the goal."