Currently only the top five positions in the Premier League earn the right to play European football next season, but that could go down to seventh depending on what happens in the domestic cup competitions.
"In the end anything I say is going to be used against the manager," smiled Pochettino.
"When I said in my personal opinion that I don't care for the Europa League that was completely taken out of context and saying that Southampton doesn't want to play in the Europa League. No. I am very happy if Southampton get into the Europa League.
"It's a goal we are looking towards achieving, but my ambition is to be playing in the Champions League because I like better the Champions League to the Europa League.
"We want to win at West Ham to be as high as possible in the table."
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