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Van Marwijk rues Hamburg tour

Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk has criticised his club's decision to tour Indonesia during the winter break, although he understands the reason behind the trip.

The northern Germany side head to the other side of the globe on Saturday before jetting to Abu Dhabi for a mid-season training camp.

Van Marwijk admits he could have done without the extra mileage, although the lucrative nature of the venture means his hands are tied.

"It's anything but optimal," said the Dutch coach, whose side sit in 14th place in the Bundesliga with 16 points, just two places and as many points above the relegation zone at the midway stage of the campaign.

"But it's part of the game really - clubs need to earn money."

Hamburg can expect to draw in around 500,000 euros for spending just two days in Indonesia and playing one friendly match. Relegation to the second division for the first time in the club's history would cost millions, on the other hand.

"We've simply not been getting the points we've deserved, and we've got to work on that," he added.