But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League.
Arsenal beat Napoli in both legs to secure a 3-0 aggregate win including the 1-0 away win over the Italians on Thursday night.
City were unable to build on their ideal start and they allowed Spurs a number of chances, and on another day the Londoners could easily have taken a point.
"At the moment we can not choose", he said.
Satisfaction indeed for the former Argentina worldwide who has collected many plaudits but never a major trophy as a coach.
Tottenham were taking on City for the second time at the Etihad in four days after their Champions League encounter on Wednesday.
Just like Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid in 2016, the first major trophy lifted by Pochettino could be the European Cup but with a team not accustomed to glory.
Kevin De Bruyne appeared to have jarred his left knee or ankle when shooting from the edge of the box and just a few moments alter the attacking midfielder was seen down on the pitch needing medical attention. It wasn't followed by a strengthening of the squad.
"(It's my) first Premier League goal so it will live with me forever.
The KNVB said the step was taken because of concerns over players and not to give Ajax a competitive advantage over Spurs.
It is the price to pay for building a $1.3 billion stadium that Tottenham only moved into this month.
Spurs will be without the injured Harry Kane, the forward having been substituted in the first leg with a serious ankle injury, though Son is confident his side can still progress to the last four.
A controversial Fernando Llorente goal ultimately proved decisive.
"I told my players that if they had forgotten what happened it's good but if it still hurts then it's good", he said. "I'm still 18 years old so there's no rush really".
Eric Dier had a good opportunity but couldn't get over the open header off a corner with his last action of the match.
His hip was in form, though.
Sissoko, who was replaced in the first half after he picked up an injury, was so distraught after Sterling scored that he immediately walked down the tunnel to the dressing room and did not realise that the goal had been disallowed a minute later.
"Of course it's going to be tough now because Tuesday we have a tough game, and Saturday, and the semi-final of the Champions League against Ajax".