Pellegrino was a wide-eyed nine-year-old watching in awe back home as Tottenham hero Villa scored his famous Wembley winner against Manchester City in the 1981 final.
“Players like Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa have references in my childhood and obviously I remember some goals in this competition — in the final.
“I know Villa personally as a friend of mine is a friend of his. I respect him. He was really kind with me when I met him.
“He was a top player who played in World Cups and was a big player for big clubs. I admire him as a person and as a player.
“Every year he gets invited to Tottenham and hopefully in 20 years' time people in Southampton can invite me and send me a couple of tickets."