On track for the playoffs with only about a month left in the Apertura season, Leon's coach and players continue to insist their goal is ensuring they remain in Mexico's first division.

"In this competition we are thinking only of amassing the biggest possible point total to avoid relegation" has been the mantra of coach Gustavo Matosas throughout Leon's first season back in the Liga Mx after 10 years in the second division.

Leon, expected to need 40 points for the 2012-2013 Apertura and Clausura seasons in order to remain in the Liga Mx, is already more than halfway to that total and sits in third place overall.

The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

"We are thinking about relegation and if the playoffs come, that's welcome, but we're clear that we have to add points to avoid relegation," player Javier Muñoz-Mustafa said.

Leon's seven wins include triumphs over the last four title winners: Monterrey, Pumas, Tigres and Santos.

Tijuana, Toluca and Leon are a lock for the Liga Mx playoffs and are close to securing the three Mexican berths in the 2013 Copa Libertadores tournament.

With 23 goals, Leon leads the league in offense, thanks largely to four tallies each from Carlos Peña and Uruguayans Matias Britos and Sebastian Maz.

Leon was founded in 1944 and has won five league titles in all. EFE